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Parkside Primary School, Parkside - Welcome to our school website! Please take the time to explore the website. PLEASE NOTE: The school phone number has changed and is now 01785 450 145. Should you require a paper copy of any of the information on the website, please contact the school and a copy will be provided free of charge.

Governors

Welcome to the Governors' section! We, the School Governors are responsible for ensuring that the school is improving and hold the Headteacher accountable for decisions. We are accountable for the running of the school and take this very seriously. We demand that Parkside is at least a good standard but is working at outstanding. The vision of the Governors is for the school to offer an outstanding education to all of its pupils. The School Governors have the skills set to achieve this vision.
 
School Governors commit to giving time and energy to the role. Each Governor contributes to the work of the Governing body and shares the load. Not only do governors attend regular meetings, read papers, speak to staff, parents (through Parent Voice) and children (through Pupil Voice) and see the school in learning walks. Each of the learning walks links to the areas we feel that the school needs to improve upon to achieve our core vision. We also undertake professional training and keep up to date with relevant information to help guide the school strategically which enables us to focus on the key areas that will impact the school.

 

As school governing body, we work closely with its Senior Leadership Team with a view to promoting high standards of education and more importantly each child to have a love of learning. We fulfil our objectives by establishing the strategic framework by:
 

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Operate in such a way that statutory details are met and priorities are approved
  • Provide challenge to the Headteacher to account for improving the quality of teaching, educational performance and pupils' behaviour and safety
  • Support and strengthen school leadership
  • Contribute to the school's self-evaluation and understanding its strengths and weaknesses
  • Engage with key stakeholders
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure it’s money well spent
  • Use pupil premium and other resources to overcome barriers to learning, including reading, writing and numeracy

 

Our Governing body has a mix of new and experienced members representing different views. There are 10 Governors who sit across two committees - Standards and Finance Staffing and Premises Committee. 

 

The Chair of Governors is Steve Gibbons
 
The Vice Chair of Governors is Laura Austen
 
Designated Governor for Safeguarding and performance management is Steve Gibbons

 

Our Parent Governors are:
Laura Austen (4 year term of office)  ends 30/09/2017

David Wool (4 year term of office) Resigned 15/02/2017

Rachel Nixon (4 year term of office) ends 07/04/2021
Our Community Governor is:
Bryan Cross (4 year term of office) ends 24/06/2019
Our Staff Governor is:
John Wild (4 year term of office) ends 23/07/2018
Our Co-opted Governors are:
Mrs Joanne Di Castigloione - Co-opted Governor (4 Year term in office) ends 10/02/2020
Robin McMahon (4 year term of office) Chair of Standards Committee ends 24/06/2019
Steve Gibbons (4 year term of office) ends 24/06/2019
Alan Davies Chair of Finance, Premises and Standards Committee, 
Jo Farmer (4 year term of office ends 24/06/2019
Our Headteacher Governor is:
Sam Compton (4 year term of office)
 
Governor Skills

 

It is vital that we have a wealth of skills and experience within the Governing Body and therefore recruit members on these skill sets and delegate responsibility accordingly.  The training undertaken from members of the governing body is as follows;

 

Our skill sets are as follows;
Steve Gibbons – leadership, safeguarding trained, business management
Laura Austen – national leadership development – chairs of governors, data (raiseonline trained), performance related pay trained, business management (incl HR), law & marketing qualified, Safeguarding trained
Sam Compton – Parkside HeadTeacher, Accounting Officer
Jo Farmer – Educationalist, Senior Leader, Pupil Premium, National Leader in Teaching, Safeguarding trained
Alan Davies – A qualified Accountant, Business Management (including restructure experience)
Robin McMahon – Peadiatric Nurse, Safeguarding level 3, Management & Leadership
Bryan Cross – local community representative
John Wild – Educationalist, behaviour, PE and Safeguarding trained
Joanne Di Castigloione – Educationalist, Head Teacher, SEND specialist, Safeguarding trained, Early Years knowledge, Schools HR

Rachel Nixon - IT project manager

 

Our Clerk to Governors has attended and passed the National Clerks Development Programme.

 


Governors Attendance of Meetings
 
Governor Committee Meetings Attended / Expected Attendance

 

Sam Compton  Head Teacher  3/3   
Robin McMahon Standards  3/3
David Wool  Standards  3/3
Laura Austen  Standards  3/3
John Wild Standards  3/3
Jo Farmer  Standards  3/3
Brian Cross  Standards  2/3
Alan Davies Finance  3/3
Joanne Di Castigloione Finance  3/3
Steve Gibbons Finance  3/3

 

 

 

 

Parkside Primary School

Attendance at Full Governing Board Meetings 2016/2017

 

 

Type

Name

Number attended

Possible attendance

1

COP 

 

Mr Steve Gibbons

 

 

3

 

3

2

LA

 

Mr Bryan Cross

 

 

2

 

3

3

COP

 

Mr Robin McMahon

 

 

3

 

3

4

PAR

Mrs Laura Austen

 

 

3

 

3

5

PAR

Mr David  Wool

 

 

1

 

1

6

COP STF

 

Mrs Jo Farmer

 

 

3

 

3

7

HTG      HT

Mr Sam Compton

 

 

3

 

3

8

STF

 

Mr John Wild

 

 

3

 

3

9

COP

 

Mr Alan Davies

 

3

 

3

10

COP

Mrs Joanne di Castiglione

 

 

3

 

3

11

PAR

Mrs Rachel Nixon

1

1

 

Previous governor

Mrs Chris Knapper

1

1

 

Previous

governor

Mr Jim McClymont

1

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our aim is that everyone within Parkside community, including Governors, Head Teacher, staff, parents and pupils work together to ensure that the school follows the motto of Care to Learn and Learn to Care and becomes an outstanding school.

 

We send out questionnaires annually to ensure that we are aware of all of your views as parents. These views are then part of the School Improvement Plan.  If you have any questions or comments regarding the work of the Governing body please contact the school office where you will be provided with contact details for our Chair and or Vice Chair. If you would like to email the Governors, write to governors@parkside.staffs.sch.uk. We would appreciate and welcome your feedback about the school. If you are not happy about anything, then the school complaints procedure is on the policies part of the website.

 


Learning walk findings

 

As Governors we visit the school termly and undertake learning walks. This provides us with the opportunity to see how the school runs. Here is an example of our findings from one such learning walk.
 

 

Learning Walk – Nursery Provision – 13th November 2015  
 
The nursery provision for 2-4 year old was opened as a Governor run nursery from September with a new purpose built structure where the old portacabin lay. 
 
As Governors we were especially keen to see how the staff and children had settled in and how the nursery was run.   The Governors were greeted by a fabulous group of children, who were so keen to make us a cup tea, show how the cars slid beautifully down the slide, how they were able to make marks and in some cases show us how they were starting to use phonics and counting backwards!   The children were also able to demonstrate how they use their interactive whiteboard. What we also found were some great learning journeys, a safe and welcoming environment and happy well behaved children.  We came away feeling that the nursery provision is a credit to the hard work of the staff and a wonderful addition to Parkside Primary community.  
 
 
British Values Learning Walk June 2015
 
There has been significant discussion in our Governor meetings to ensure that our children understand what it is to be British and the values that they believe are important. This stems from wider discussions around the Trojan horse cases and radicalisation that is happening in Britain today. There is much discussion in the news about schools educating children to ensure that they are safe, respect others and are tolerant in our multicultural society.
 
To this end, pupils, staff and governors worked on an exercise to understand what values were important to children at Parkside.  These were the values that were chosen; enthusiastic, proud, caring, independent, safe, confident and honest. We found evidence that our children knew what the values were and really have some thought about what this meant. The children have discussed the values through circle time, working on a allocated class value in a whole school assembly and are being rewarded in the classroom when they are demonstrating these values.
 
 All of the children have been learning about all the major religions being practiced in the UK in an age appropriate way and have visited Christian, Sikh and Jewish places of worship. The children showed enormous respect on these visits, which is a reflection of the manners and consideration that parents, the school and the community have instilled.
 
There is evidence that children understand the world around them, all classrooms had fabulous displays of maps from Stafford in Reception to world maps in Year 6 with global news stories being discussed. We were pleased that our pupils were becoming well rounded individuals who look outside their immediate vicinity to understand the world.
 
Another great achievement for Parkside is that we are thrilled that we have been awarded the UNICEF 'rights respecting school award' and are keen to continue this journey to get our level 1 accreditation.
 
ICT Training walk February 2015
 
Governors have been fully committed to upgrading the information technology the staff and pupils have access to in lessons. We felt that not spending in this area meant that we were doing our children a disservice and it was something Ofsted recommended that the school prioritise. Initially we purchased laptops, WiFi throughout the school, bebots, software and talking cans with significant investment planned over the next 5 years to update and increase the use of technology throughout the school.
 
To ensure that the new technology is being used effectively we undertook a learning walk. Learning walks are a great way of seeing how our children are using resources and the engagement that they have. It also reminds us why we volunteer as Governors. Again the children humbled us with their willingness to learn, enthusiasm and fabulous personalities.  We saw Reception using the talking cans to help them write sentences. Year 1 had produced a brilliant invitation with their work on castles. Year 2 used the bebots to help them understand shapes and the angles within them, drawing out massive shapes in the school hall Year 3, videotaped themselves interviewing characters from their topic and then wrote some fabulous stories around this using some lovely descriptive phrases. Year 4 showed their prowess on word putting together an exciting brochure of the mountains and why you just had to visit. Year 5 had a great practical debate on the benefits of using ICT against the using more traditional communication and Year 6 were looking at using ICT to present their literacy learning. This is a great start for us and we're so pleased that the upgrading of our ICT has started to have some good impact within our classes.  But it doesn't stop here, this is just the start our journey. As always we'll keep you updated of new investment and its impact in this area in our termly updates.
 
 
Governor Update – Extended Writing Learning Walk - 12th March 2014
 
As a Governing Body, we undertake learning walks to observe lessons to ensure that we understand what is happening within the classroom. We wanted to focus upon the writing. Looking at extended writing mornings and how the children are making rapid progress in their writing ability.  
 
A group of Governors observed the extended writing morning.  The premise of the extended writing morning was that each class is given the experience first, whether it be watching a part of The Snowman, opening up a Harry Potter café, drawing giants, marching in formation, acting out a scene from a story or listening out for The Iron Man (he was last seen at the school)! The children then built up their story, setting or character and wrote about it.
 
Although we were amazed by the phenomenal writing throughout the school from Reception to Year 6, what was more evident was how engaged the Children were with their learning. They were all excited about the classroom activities, all knew what they were doing, what they were learning and loved telling us about it.  These mornings really demonstrate how the school is progressing – thank you to the Teachers and Children for making it such a great morning!
 
 ICT  Learning Walk - January 28th 2016
 
As governors we were extremely impressed with the work taking place on the ICT walk. There were definite improvements from our last walk.  The staff have embraced the new technology and learnt how to integrate the touch screens and laptops into the lessons well.  The children have done a great job learning the skills to use Microsoft programs and the touchscreen apps efficiently and with confidence.  Our observations were as follows:
 
Reception -  A group of 4 were using the inbuilt app to match pictures on the screen. This was using fine motor skills, word picture recognition, phonics when telling the other children and teacher the words. They were enthusiastic to finish the quiz and used the screen naturally with ease.
 
Year One - Miss Emery was using the screen with a group of 5 children who were also using picture recognition and matching pictures to words. It was obvious the children were experienced at using the touch screen and enjoyed the competitiveness of the task between their fellow class members working to a timer.
 
Year Five - The class were using the laptop to create a three page brochure in conjunction with the project they were working on "Children working in coal mines". They were using publisher to create the document.   Four groups of children and asked them to perform different changes to the documents such as the colour of the text, find and add a picture and resize a picture to fit in the page.  After approx. 5 minutes all of the groups had completed the changes.  
 
Thank you to the Teachers and Pupils for sharing their knowledge and learning with us.

 

Pecuniary Interest Declared
 
February 3rd 2016 - Standards Committee Meeting
 
Mrs Laura Austen Declared - Parent Governor
Director of Parkside Bakery LTD - Supplies to Parkside Primary School Occasionally.
 
February 10th 2016 - Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee Meeting
 
Joanne Di Castiglione Declared - Co-opted Governor
Current Employment - Head Teacher at Green Hall Nursery;
Company Directorship/charity Trustee - Associate Governor at Marshlands; Promoter of 100 Club at Greenhall Nursery;
Membership of Professional Body, public body or special - NASUWT; PCA
 
Sam Compton Declared - Head Teacher Governor
Declaration of immediate family with a direct or indirect interest in the following companies/organisations/bodies from which may conflict with the interests of the governing body:
Name/Nature of relationship - Maureen Compton - Mother
Name of Company/Body - Staffordshire County Council
Nature of Interest - Councillor for Staffordshire County Council.

 

Pecuniary Interests Declared

 

February 15th 2017 - Finance, Staffing and Premises Committee Meeting

 

Joanne Di Castiglione Declared - Co-opted Governor
Current Employment - Head Teacher at Green Hall Nursery;

Governor at Marshlands

Membership of Professional Body, public body or special - NASUWT; PCA;

Greenhall has a governor run nursery.

 

 

 

 

 

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